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Reflections

Most people mistakenly believe that all you have to do to stop working is not work. The inventors of the Sabbath understood that it was a much more complicated undertaking. You cannot downshift casually and easily, the way you might slip into bed at the end of a long day. As the Cat in the Hat says, ''It is fun to have fun but you have to know how.'' This is why the Puritan and Jewish Sabbaths were so exactingly intentional, requiring extensive advance preparation -- at the very least a scrubbed house, a full larder and a bath. The rules did not exist to torture the faithful. They were meant to communicate the insight that interrupting the ceaseless round of striving requires a surprisingly strenuous act of will, one that has to be bolstered by habit as well as by social sanction.

 —Judith Shulevitz, Bring Back the Sabbath, New York Times


“In a culture where busyness is a fetish and stillness is laziness, rest is sloth. But without rest, we miss the rest of God: the rest he invites us to enter more fully so that we might know him more deeply.” 

― Mark Buchanan, The Rest of God:
Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath

Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it rests in Thee.

—Augustine of Hippo

A being is free only when it can determine and limit its activity.

—Karl Barth

Sabbath is that uncluttered time and space in which we can distance ourselves from our own activities enough to see what God is doing.

—Eugene Peterson


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Gathering Before God
February 17, 2019
6th Sunday of Epiphany
Main Line Campus

Opening Sentences

Leader: The Lord has shown forth his glory:
Come, let us adore him!

 All Who Are Thirsty

Chorus:
Come, Lord Jesus, come. 
Come, Lord Jesus, come.

All who are thirsty
all who are weak
come to the fountain
dip your heart in the stream of life
let the pain and the sorrow
be washed away,
in the wave of his mercy
as deep cries out to deep, we sing

Chorus:

Come, Lord Jesus, come. 
Come, Lord Jesus, come. 
Come, Lord Jesus, come. 
Come, Lord Jesus, come.

All who are thirsty
all who are weak
come to the fountain
dip your heart in the stream of life
let the pain and the sorrow
be washed away,
in the wave of his mercy
as deep cries out to deep, we sing

Chorus


This song is by Kutless and appears on the album Strong Tower (2005).


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Greeting & Preparation

Leader: The Lord be with you. 
People: And also with you!


Call to Worship 

Leader: Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to God; 
People: he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. 

Leader: Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. 
People: He is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. 

Leader: The LORD lifts up the downtrodden, but casts the wicked to the ground. 
People: He is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. 

Leader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; 
People: he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. 

—from Psalm 147

Prayer of Invocation


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Satisfied

All my life long, I had panted 
For a drink from some cool spring
That I hoped would, quench the burning
of the thirst I felt within

Chorus: 
Hallelujah! He has found me,
the One my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies all my longings
through his blood I now am saved

Feeding on the, filth around me
‘till my strength was almost gone
Longed my soul for, something better
only still to hunger on. 

Chorus

Poor I was and, sought for riches
Something that would satisfy.
But the dust I gathered ‘round me
only mocked my soul’s sad cry. 

Chorus

Well of water, ever springing
Bread of Life so rich and free
Untold wealth that, never faileth
My Redeemer is to me. 

Chorus (2X)


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Hungry


Hungry I come to You
For I know You satisfy
I am empty But I know Your love
Does not run dry
And so I wait for You, So I wait for You

Chorus: 
I'm falling on my knees
Offering all of me
Jesus You're all This heart is living for

Broken I run to You
For Your arms are open wide
I am weary but I know Your touch
restores my life.
And so I wait for You, So I wait for You 

Chorus



© 1999 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire)
CCLI Song # 2650364 -- CCLI License # 3040322


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In Covenant Membership

Stories Of God’s Work & Vows

Candidates

Minister: Do you renounce sin and the power of evil in your life and in the world?
Candidate: I renounce them.

Minister: Who is your Lord and Savior?
Candidate:  Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior

Minister: Will you be a faithful covenant member of Liberti
Church, and through a life of worship, community,
and mercy seek to advance God’s purposes here and throughout the world?
Candidate:  I will, and I ask God to help me. 

Minister: Do you promise to accept the spiritual guidance of the church and its leaders,
to walk in a spirit of Christian love with this congregation, and to seek those things that
make for unity, purity, and peace?
Candidate: I do. 

Liberti Church

Minister: Do you promise to love, encourage, and support these brothers and sisters by teaching
them the gospel, by being an example of Christian faith and character, and by giving
the strong support of God’s family in fellowship, prayer, and service?
People: We do.


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Confessions Of Faith—The Apostles’ Creed 

Minister: Let us affirm our faith together in the words of the Apostles’ creed:
Do you believe in God the Father?
People: We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth. 

Minister: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People: We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the
Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,
dead, and buried. He descended into hell the third day He rose again from the
dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated on the right hand of God the Father
almighty. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead. 

Minister: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People: We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic1
church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
(1that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places) 


Prayer Of Thanksgiving


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The Word of God

Prayer for Illumination & Scripture Reading
Exodus 20:8-11 & Deuteronomy 12-15, NRSV


8Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

12Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 14But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you. 15Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.

Minister:        This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God!

Sermon
Sermon Series: It Takes Practice
Sermon Title: Rest
Speaker: Don Overton


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The Lord’s Table 

The Great Thanksgiving 

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

  Lift up your hearts now!  
We lift them to the Lord.

    Let us give thanks to the Lord our saving God.
   It is right and good, always and everywhere.
To give thanks, to the Lord.


Minister: With joy we praise you, gracious God…  we join our voices with all the saints and angels and the whole creation to proclaim the glory of your name, saying:                                       

Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.
The whole earth is full of Your glory,
hosanna in the highest!
(2x)

Minister: You are holy, O God of majesty… together we proclaim the mystery of the faith:

Your death, O Christ, we proclaim.
Your rising celebrate! 
Your coming Lord we await, to make all things new
(2x)

                                                      

Minister:  Lord, our God, send your Holy Spirit…Gather your whole church, O Lord, into the glory of your Kingdom.

Praise to the Father,
praise to the Son, 
praise to the Spirit, 
Our God the Three in One.


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Words of Institution


Minister: Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People: Therefore, let us keep the feast. 

Holy Communion

Minister: The gifts of God for the people of God.

Gluten-free communion wafers are available at the welcome table in the front lobby of the church. Please pick one up prior to coming forward to take communion. Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist, is the family meal of Christians. We invite all committed followers of Jesus Christ to partake of this sacrament: those who are baptized members of a congregation that proclaims the Gospel, who are at peace with God and their neighbor, and who seek strength to live more faithfully for Christ.


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Prayers For Reflection

If you are not a Christian, or if you are not prepared to share in this meal, we encourage you to spend this time in prayer. We hope that this time is helpful to you as you consider your relationship with Jesus Christ and with his people, the church. If you are unable to receive Communion, we invite you to meditate on one of the following prayers:

Prayer for those searching for truth…
Lord Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth, and the life. Grant that I might be undaunted by the cost of following you as I consider the reasons for doing so. If what you claim is true, please guide me, teach me, and open to me the reality of who you are. Give me an understanding of you that is coherent, convincing, and that leads to the life that you promise. Amen.

Prayer of belief… Lord Jesus, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but through you I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you for paying my debt, bearing my punishment on the cross, and offering forgiveness and new life. Knowing that you have been raised from the dead, I turn from my sins and receive you as Savior and Lord. Amen. 

Prayer of commitment… Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you in baptism and in a life of committed discipleship in your church. Grant that I may take the necessary steps to be one with your people, and live in the fullness of your Spirit. Amen. 


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Jesus I Come

Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come; Jesus I come.
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of my sickness into Thy health,
Out of my wanting and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress into jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into Thy blessed will to abide,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward forever on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into the joy and light of Thy home,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
Jesus, I come to Thee.



© 2000 Music by Greg Thompson. Words by William Sleeper.


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Prayers of the People 

Minister: Lord, in your mercy,
People: hear our prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer

Minister: Let us pray as our Lord Jesus has taught us: 
People: Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name,           
your kingdom come, 
your will be done, 
on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins 
as we forgive those who sin against us. 
Save us from the time of trial, 
and deliver us from evil. 
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, 
now and forever.
Amen.


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Sending into God’s World

Offering

We Will Feast In The House Of Zion

Chorus: 
We will feast in the house of Zion 
We will sing with our hearts restored 
He has done great things, we will say together 
We will feast and weep no more 

We will not be burned by the fire 
He is the LORD our God 
We are not consumed, by the flood 
Upheld, protected, gathered up 

Chorus

In the dark of night, before the dawn 
My soul, be not afraid 
For the promised morning, oh how long? 
Oh God of Jacob, be my strength 

Chorus

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed 
You are the Faithful one 
And from the garden to the grave 
Bind us together, bring shalom. 

Chorus


© 2015 Drink Your Tea Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) and joshmooreownsthismusic (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) 


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Benediction

Minister: Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way;
The Lord be with you all;
And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
be with you and remain with you now and always.
People:  Amen

Dismissal

Minister: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 
People: Thanks be to God!

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